November 5, 2021


Tallahassee, Fla.  —  The highly-acclaimed feature documentary film “The Bowden Dynasty will be available on digital HD beginning November 9th.  Virgil Films announced in October that it has acquired the distribution rights and will offer the film in various packages on platforms such as iTunes (in 52 countries), Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, along with numerous other platforms.

The film, which tells the story of FSU Head Coach Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles’ incredible 14-year run of consecutive top-four seasons, features interviews with legends Bart Starr, Deion Sanders, Charlie Ward, Kenny Chesney, Burt Reynolds, Lou Holtz, Jimmy Johnson, Jim Kelly and Nick Saban.  The film goes deeper than football in exploring universal themes of faith, stewardship, humility and redemption.

The 105-minute documentary will be screened free of charge for FSU students on campus on November 10th with veteran film producer John Corry attending, along with a Q&A panel after the film.

Half of the proceeds from the film’s digital release are being donated to FSU to be split between the Seminole Boosters and FSU’s innovative LIFT Recovery Program, fulfilling the hope Coach Bowden expressed at a star-studded premiere of the film in Tampa, Fla. in 2017.

The Bowden Dynasty came about when four friends who attended FSU in the early 1980s, banded together to fund and produce a film to tell the story of the man who meant so much to them.  Lead sponsor Rick Brawner, Scott Davis, Mike Ortoll and John Corry followed the football program closely in school.  Corry first took his idea of a film to Bowden and then to his three fraternity brothers in 2016, and they agreed to help fund the project independent of any network influence.

The donation to the Seminole Boosters is an obvious connection and one Bowden insisted on, while FSU’s LIFT recovery program was chosen when Mike Ortoll’s role in supporting FSU became purpose-driven upon the passing of his daughter, Christine Ortoll, due to a fatal substance abuse overdose last year. Ortoll is using this film as well as a future film to help fund the growth of the LIFT Recovery Program and to create national awareness about addiction via his charity, The Christine Ortoll Recovery Organization.

Links to get the film on digital HD platforms as well as information about  FSU’s LIFT program and the Seminole Boosters can be found at:

About Virgil Films – Virgil Films & Entertainment was founded in 2003 by Joe Amodei to acquire, market and distribute DVD, TV and Digital Product in the feature film, documentary, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with OWN, Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, Pure Flix Entertainment, Major League Baseball Productions, Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets and other high-profile entertainment brands since their inception. Releases from Virgil Films include the Oscar-nominated documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me; the award-winning documentary Miss Representation; the critically acclaimed, timeless, best-selling Forks Over Knives; and the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo and its sequel Korengal. They have also released Network Inc.’s compelling I Am Chris Farley, I am Heath Ledger, I am Evel Knievel, I am JFK Jr., I am Sam Kinison, I am MLK Jr.,  as well as A Brony Tale, Legends of the Knight and others. 

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